The ever-alert David Sinden informs us that yesterday represented a rare opportunity to play Herbert Howells's Saraband for the Twelfth Day of any October at a Sunday service. (October 12th last fell on a Sunday in 2003, and will not do so again until 2014.)
The Howells piece is dedicated to Ralph Vaughan Williams - October 12 being his birthday. Of course, the coincidence is even more striking when you consider that 2008 is an RVW anniversary year. I am profoundly embarrassed to have missed this opportunity - even more so when I realize that I actually blogged about Vaughan Williams's birthday not two days ago!
Sunday, October 12 will next coincide with an RVW anniversary year in 2183, when we will commemorate the 225th anniversary of the composer's death. Thus, the period between opportunities to play Howells's Saraband during an RVW anniversary year is significantly greater than that of Halley's Comet.